QUEENSLAND’S best junior touch football players will vie for state honours in Hervey Bay later this year.
The Junior State Cup will return to the whale watching capital of the world in July, thanks to the support of the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
The 2020 edition of the tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19.
But with the 2021 tournament due to go ahead from 8-10 July, both Queensland Touch Football and Council said they are excited to bring the event back to the region.
Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said the event was one of the biggest on the region’s annual sporting calendar.
“This three-day event attracts more than 7,000 people to our region who inject about $2-million into our local economy when they spend money with local businesses, such as accommodation providers and restaurants and cafes,” he said.
The event provides the opportunity for junior touch football players to represent their affiliate from across Queensland in a fun, enjoyable and unforgettable experience.
“Like many events in 2020, the Junior State Cup had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, so we are very much looking forward to seeing our junior flagship event proceed and welcoming players and their families back to Hervey Bay in 2021,” said QTF CEO Greg Denny.
The event returns to Tavistock Street in Torquay this year, as field upgrades at the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct were delayed due to COVID-19.
Cr Everard said Council had hoped the tournament could be held at the sports precinct but the pandemic affected their ability to secure a contractor for the field upgrades.
Works are expected to be completed there in the second half of the year.
“In the meantime, we expect the 2021 event at the Tavistock Street fields in Torquay will be a great success, as it has been for the past nine years,” he said.
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The 2021 event marks 25th anniversary of the Junior State Cup and the 10th Junior State Cup to be held in the Fraser Coast Region.